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VOL. 129 | NO. 33 | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Energy Company to Invest $260 Million in Shelby County

A Houston-based wind energy firm is considering a $259.8 million investment in energy transfer infrastructure in Shelby County.

Signs of the Times

Iconic Memphis signage turned into Memphis Type book

A single image of iconic Memphis landmarks such as the Arcade Restaurant or the Lorraine Motel is sometimes all that’s needed to ground the viewer in a place and time and convey whole chapters of Memphis history.

Council to Review Mall Conversions

Memphis City Council members get a look at plans for the redevelopment of two shopping malls Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Reedy Thriving As Housing Investments Skyrocket

Jim Reedy began selling real estate in 1976 while he was a student at the University of Memphis, and within three years, he moved into selling investment properties.

CDC Leaders Have Challenges in Communities

Community development corporations are designed to help create more housing in areas where investors and banks might not normally invest without incentives.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
73°F
Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host Zumba demonstration classes Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the hospital’s cafe, 5959 Park Ave. Visit saintfrancishosp.com.

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Coley Works Tirelessly To End Human Trafficking

You may not know it, but human trafficking is a problem in Tennessee. It’s such a problem that Rep. Jim Coley, R-Bartlett, chairman of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, has dedicated his career in office to fight against the crime in his home state.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Orpheum Files Permit For Performing Arts Center

225 S. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103 -
The Orpheum Theatre Memphis has filed a $10.2 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its Centre for Performing Arts.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Website Shows That ‘Black Gives Back’

If you want to challenge your thinking on the relationship between African-Americans and philanthropy you need to follow BlackGivesBack.com. Founded by Tracey Webb in 2007, BlackGivesBack.com takes the stereotype of African-Americans as the recipients of others’ philanthropy and illustrates – with images and words – that African-Americans are busy giving to diverse causes.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

February 18 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

STATEWIDE

Cities Can Become Adventure Tourism Districts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say applications are now available for communities seeking to become certified as adventure tourism districts.

After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise of Jobs?

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

REGIONAL

Silver Airways Cuts Fares Between Tupelo, Atlanta

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Silver Airways will offer one-way tickets between Tupelo and Atlanta for $48, plus tax, beginning by the end of the month.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Hackathons Bring Cash Options

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – It used to be that “hacking” was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing – and perfectly legal – mainstay of the tech sector.

Warren Buffett's Shareholder Letter Due March 1

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders will be released on March 1.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

White House: Stimulus Bill Was Good for Economy

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on Monday's fifth anniversary of the law's enactment.

What Can Unite Liberals, Tea Partyers? The NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.

Kerry Mocks Those Who Deny Climate Change

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world's "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.

HEALTH CARE

Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health Law

CHICAGO (AP) — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They're unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 114 332 10,554
MORTGAGES 119 412 13,739
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 68 2,712
BUILDING PERMITS 199 592 24,899
BANKRUPTCIES 80 264 10,156
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 78 3,814
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 92 430 14,987
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 83 3,250

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